The Application Process

The Valley School is currently accepting applications for students in Grades 1st through 5th Grade. We are happy to add your name to our waitlist for our Pre-K and Kindergarten Classes.  Please contact Lora Kolmer, Director of Admissions and Community Relations at, to learn more about the application process. Thank you!
The goal of the admissions process, is for us to get to know your family and your child. Along with that, we share our mission, allow you to explore our campus, and learn more about our educational approach, so you can better determine if Valley is a good fit for your family. Below are the steps that help us both learn more about each other.
  1. Complete an application (required). The Valley School is one of many Seattle area schools using Ravenna Admit for the online application process. Through Ravenna, you will be able to complete the core application as well as request supplemental forms. Supplemental forms are common forms that are shared among multiple schools. This means that you will only need to request the teacher evaluation and the school records once and they will be electronically submitted to the schools that you have applied to through Ravenna. *Please see note regarding age requirements at the bottom of this page.

  2. Attend a school tour. At The Valley School, we believe that a tour of our school is an important step in the application process. The COVID-19 pandemic has limited our options to provide this valuable experience, but we will work hard to find a time that will work for your family to see our unique campus. Once you have initiated your application in the Ravenna online application system, please contact Lora Kolmer, Director of Admissions and Community Relations at to schedule a time to see our school campus.

  3. Sign up for a Virtual Meet and Greet with Valley Families (for September to January applications). Valley families love to talk about their school and community experience. This opportunity is complete for the 2021-2022 school year, however, if you are a late applicant and would like to connect with a Valley family, we will happily make that happen.

  4. A Virtual Open House with Head of School Alan Braun, Faculty & Staff, and Valley School Alumni (December - optional). This virtual event will allow you to learn more about our exceptional academic program, as well as what our alumni thought about their school experience and where they are now. While this event is complete, please contact Lora Kolmer, Director of Admissions and Community Relations at if you would like access to the recording.

  5. The Video Assessment (replacing the child visit). To help us get to know your student in a year where we cannot meet in person, we will ask you to videotape five tasks we ask your child to complete. This will allow us to see the skill level of applicants, and help build a well-rounded class for the upcoming school year. You'll find this final step in the online application system and is called the Virtual Child Assessment.
*A note regarding age requirements:
Children most appropriate for our learning program will turn 4 years old by September 1 to apply for our Pre-K room, and 5 years old by September 1 to apply for our Kindergarten. Children with a birthday close to the date cutoff may be considered during the admission process. Contact Lora Kolmer ( to explore this option.

Questions? Contact Lora Kolmer, Director of Admissions and Community Relations for more information.



  • Wednesday, November 17, 2021: Valley Sibling Application Deadline
  • Wednesday, December 15, 2021: Valley Sibling Notification Deadline
  • Thursday, January 13, 2022: Application Deadline
  • Thursday, February 3, 2022: Financial Aid Deadline
  • Friday, March 18, 2022: Lower School/Middle School Decision Date
  • Friday, March 25, 2022: Lower School/Middle School Reply Deadline
The Valley School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, creed, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, family composition, gender identity, veteran’s status, disability, use of a trained service animal, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.